SRS General Aniexity Disorder....who has it and what are your methods to control it?

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  1. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Right now I am reading a book called The Worry Cure and its describing me to a T. What are your experiences with medications you have taken and your cognitive approach?
     
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    That's a great book and I always recommend it. I followed things in that book. I also took things like russian rhodiola and 5-htp after the SSRI's (Effexor mainly) gave me nasty side effects at very small doses. Just temporarily to help me deal with the issues. GAD is the worst because it's so hard to pinpoint the cause(es).

    What helped me the most was something that won't help you though because it was a life changing event. Something that knocked me to my core and made me drop most of the worry. I suspect that I would still be picking away at it had I not been through what I did.

    You can also read my long ass post here and pick out things that may work for you. Mainly the challenging negative thoughts part and the optimism part. http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=4299553
     
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    iwishyouwerebeer you shut your cunt Moderator

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    Zoloft and meditation :bigthumb:
     
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    :wavey: Reading books frequently on anxiety (to make sure I don't fall into the old destructive ways) and the biggest help, Welbutrin!

    I went through therapy and read all the books I could on avoiding negative thoughts without taking medication, and I lost that battle for a good year and a half. I finally gave in and starting taking Welbutrin and I couldn't live without it now. Much more productive, focused, and happy now.
     
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    I'm super interested in meditation/self-hypnosis type stuff, but have never done it. What's it like?
     
  6. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    Im taking Strattera for ADD but the ED is killing me. My biggest issues are these:

    I have no patience for slow people or those I deem dumber than me.
    I bounce from one thing to another and have a hard time completing things.
    I have impulsive behavior and often dont have a filter between emotion and speech.
    I have no patience.
    I always think about worse case scenarios.
    I think about dumb shit like who is judging me and how I am being perceived.
    I hide my true emotion and duck into my perfect world.
    I have to have everything organized and in line before I leave for the day.
    I worry all the time about my future, losing my job, dreading going to work, wondering how Im ever going to buy my own place, how Im going to have a family and how Im just not going to be able to hold on to a relationship because I get angry and have a hard time appropriately expressing myself when Im in a stressful situations.

    Dear God help me.
     
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    iwishyouwerebeer you shut your cunt Moderator

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    I really enjoy it, and I never in a million years thought I would be able to do it. I didn't start long ago, but was recommended a sort of "beginners" meditation CD that I listen to daily. It's not like I float out of my body or anything cliche like I always imagined, it's simply 15 minutes of complete relaxation and you really feel great and re-energized after. When I had a new job interview a few months ago I started to get very panicky in the lobby. I'm sure I looked like a weirdo but I shut my eyes and did deep breathing and felt amazing by the time the interviewer came out :)

    :hug: let me first ask, how long have you been on Straterra and have you spoken to your psychiatrist about your dislike of it?
     
  8. Paulie Walnuts

    Paulie Walnuts Im an agent of chaos

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    I got on it for 4 weeks and quit because of the ED. Back on it 10 days now and the dead dick is back I quit it today and the doc wants to try Zoloft. I dont have a psychiatrist. Last psychologist I went to said he really didnt know what to do to help me as I was pretty normal. Im thinking of meeting with our Employee Assistence Program person that comes in on Fridays to talk about some things. I think we get 8 or 9 visits a year for free.

    Today I was just thinking about how I have no joy in life. I have no pleasure. I cant stop my mind from running wild these days and worrying about every fucking thing under the sun and my job is ruining my life but I cant find another that pays me what I make right now.
     
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    Try the Zoloft. As usuallly when starting a med it might make you feel queasy for a week or two, but don't just get off of it, you need to stick it out. BTW, what mg are they recommending for the Zoloft?

    Also, I would really recommend trying to find another psychologist to speak to :hs:
     
  10. Paulie Walnuts

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    50mg daily to start. I forgot to go get it tonight so I will before work tomorrow. Sometimes I just dont get why my emotions are triggered like this.
     
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    I'm going to have to disagree with trying Zoloft.

    I'm on Strattera for ADHD as well and a few years back I was on Zoloft for what my doctor thought was depression but I was misdiagnosed (I'm ADHD instead). Zoloft made me want to commit suicide, I actually tried to jump off a bridge. I was then put on Paxil and it did exactly the same thing.

    I'm no doctor (I was premed in university though) but I can't see an SSRI antidepressant working for ADHD. It didn't do a damned thing for my attention span and SSRIs made me suicidal :(

    Strattera isn't really helping my ADHD either, not to mention it's making me shit rocks :eek4:
     
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    Every medication can be different for different people. Just because Zoloft made you suicidal doesn't mean it will make the TS suicidal.

    Personally, I think he might do well with Adderal, but I think he should try Zoloft first.
     
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    This is definitely something for a doctor to decide.

    My sister, my boyfriend, my roommate, and I are all on Celexa/Citalopram for anxiety and it is working wonders for all of us. I think doctors in Canadia are pushing it or something, because we're all on the same thing, which is kind of weird.
     
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    Strattera for the first two weeks was a Godsend. It was like WOW where was this all my life as I am running at optimum here. After that the dead dick side effect fucked with my mind as its never happened to me before. Three days after I quit it I was back to my normal morning wood and erections that were rock hard.

    My doc isnt 100% convinced about being ADHD and the more I read about it I think I am a 50/50 shot with that and GA. I have a lot of childhood and up until about 24 self image issues with being morbidly obese hence why I had gastric bypass surgery. Im used to shitting rocks due to the weight loss surgery. I joke with my GF I know now what I imagine gay sex would be like cause this fucking hurts. Ive taken multiple SSRIs before and started Zoloft today so we shall see where this takes us. And I am going to take I Wish You Were Beer's advice and talk to my Employee Assistance Program administrator on tomorrow about seeing a Psychiatrist and get them to look into things.

    Today has a little better outlook on things. I got up hit the shower then took the puppah on a nice walk. Also if anyone ever wants to chat Im online virtually every night from about 9pm to 11pm on AIM and Yahoo! IM with user name Paulie Walnuts. Also on Facebook. Ryan Osborn in Minneapolis.

    Thanks all.
     
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    Funny you mention Adderal. I bought some from a guy at work 30mg XR and took it for a week. It worked wonders. Made me hyper but it worked wonders. My doctor will not prescribe it to me as its a controlled substance and he does not want me on it as he is not 100% convinced me being ADHD. I think that he thinks that I am going to abuse it as I asked for it when we talked about it. He did give me Ritalin and that made me jittery and moody as fuck. Everything you read online says that they are two different drugs and even my pharmacy said that they would recommend trying it as people do react differently. So I am shit out of luck on that. Even if I went to another doctor I'm afraid that the same thing will happen and they will think I'm some speed freak or looking to get it to sell it.
     
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    They get payouts from the drug companies or they own a shit load of stock.

    I was on Celexa and it didnt do much for me.

    All I want is something that will bring down my anexity, decrease my impulsiveness, allow me to focus more and not make me into a zombie. I keep thinking because I have all these symptoms:

    • It feels like everyone is watching you and judging you.
    • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
    • Loss of energy or feeling tired all the time.
    • Unable to relax.
    • Cannot fall a sleep with out meds.
    • Worry all the time.
    • Have a thought and blert it out before the other person is done talking.
    • Bounce from one thing to another and then get mad and overwhelmed because I dont complete the inital task.
    • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank.
    • Irritability.
    • My thoughts bounce around as if my mind is a pinball machine.
     
  17. Panoptimist

    Panoptimist Put a bangin' donk on it.

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    We're twins.

    I was prescribed a bunch of add meds and an anti depressants when I was younger but I hated the shit. Adderall is the only thing that comes close to working but I'm not prescribed and it fucks my appetite all up and i cant afford not to eat.
     
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    Panoptimist Put a bangin' donk on it.

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    Tell me when you find the cure.
     
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    My doc is 100% convinced I'm ADHD but he doesn't have experience with adult ADHD. There's very few docs in Vancouver who treat ADHD so I'm on a waiting list so see an adult ADHD specialist. Eight months :eek3: So until then all he can really do is prescribe me Strattera, Topamax to slow down my brain (he says my brain spins so fast it's almost out of control from the ADHD and Topamax is jokingly called Dopamax because it slows the brain down), and zopiclone to sleep.

    My doc knows I refuse to take any meds that have weight gain as a side effect because I was prescribed Depakote ten years ago and ballooned up to 200 pounds and now I'm very sensitive about my weight. I'll be going over this with the new doc as well.

    I just want my life back. I want to be able to concentrate on my photography again. I want to be able to focus on work better.

    I don't want to be shitting rocks anymore! :ugh2:
     
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    Alberta doctors push Effexor as a first try for GAD from what I've seen.
     

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